Free Events This Weekend in Portland: September 12–14

September 12th, 2008

Admission is free for all events below. Have a great weekend!

All weekend (September 12–14)

  • PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival: Willamette Week has a list of free TBA events at the end of this article. For more information, visit the TBA website.

Friday, September 12

  • Artery Grand Opening and Art Show: Artery, Portland’s first finish-it-yourself frame shop and gallery, will celebrate its opening with an art show featuring artists from the traveling exhibit Beautiful Losers. The night will also include food, drinks, music, and the opportunity to do framing-related craft projects. 4114 N. Vancouver Ave, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. www.arterypdx.com

  • 17th Annual Pearl Party: At this neighborhood event, the New Iberians will perform and restaurants will provide free samplings of food. NW 13th Ave, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Visit the event website for more information. 

  • Stein Barn Grand Opening in Wilsonville: This event includes nature walks, bluegrass band, horse and carriage rides, and activities that will give kids a taste of what it was like to live in the pioneer days. The public is encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to the event. 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Memorial Park. More information can be found in the Oregonian.

  • “From Side Project to Startup”: On September 12 and 13, “From Side Project to Startup” will focus on the resources, planning, and above all initiative needed to make idle thoughts, plots, plans, and what-ifs come to fruition. The conference will be at CubeSpace, 622 SE Grand Ave. Visit the event website for more information.

  • Linda Hornbuckle and Janice Scroggins (website) will perform at Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside) at 6:00 pm. Visit the Music Millennium website for more information. 

  • Mood Area 52 (website) will perform at Press Club at 8:30 pm. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St., 503.233.5656.

  • Liberty Plaza Concert Series: Norman Sylvester and Curtis Salgado will perform at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, respectively. Liberty Plaza is located in downtown Oregon City next to the Clackamas County Courthouse (807 Main St). Visit the event website for more information.

  • John Bunzow (website) will perform at Edgefield at 7:00 pm. Visit the Edgefield website for more information.

  • SweetJuice (website) will perform at Rock Creek Tavern at 9:00 pm. Visit the Rock Creek Tavern website for more information.

  • Author Stuart Archer Cohen will talk about his book “The Army of the Republic” at 7:00 pm at Powell’s Books, Cedar Hills Crossing. For more information, visit the Powell’s website.

  • Author James E. McWilliams will talk about his book “American Pests: The Losing War on Insects from Colonial Times to DDT” at 7:30 pm at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside. For more information, visit the Powell’s website

Saturday, September 13

  • Alberta Street Fair: The fair offers live music, kids’ activities, a parade and more. NE Alberta Street from 12th to 30th, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Parade starts at 2:30 pm. Visit the event website for more information. 

  • Slabtown Community Festival: This event includes live music and theater, kids’ activities, Slabtown history exhibits and more. Con-way lot at NW 23rd & Savier, noon to 6:00 pm. Visit the event website for more information. 

  • SCRAP’s Iron Artist: Teams will compete in an on-site sculpture competition that is “one part Iron Chef and two parts Junkyard Wars.” While that’s happening, there’ll be live music, kids’ entertainment and more for the crowd to enjoy. SE 2nd at Main and Salmon, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Visit the event website for more information. 

  • Fun on Foster & Foster Art Walk: This event includes live music, craft and artisan vendors, farmer’s market, kids’ activities, free trolley rides and more. SE Foster and SE 50th to SE 93rd, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. More information can be found at The Support Group website, Fun on Foster MySpace page or Foster Art Walk MySpace page

  • 9th Annual Mid Autumn Fest: This celebration of Chinese culture and the Mid Autumn Moon will treat guests to live performances of Chinese folk dance, martial arts, classical Chinese music, and more. The event also includes the Asian & Pacific Islander Home Buying Fair. Eastport Plaza parking lot (4000 SE 82nd), 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit the KATU website

  • Aquifer Adventure: This pirate-themed event includes canoe rides, treasure hunting, music and games, all meant to teach kids and adults how to protect and conserve our groundwater. Portland Water Bureau Canoe Launch (16650 NE Airport Way), 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Visit the event website for more information. 

  • Hollywood Burger Battle and Bun Fest: Kids are invited to participate in the largest Simon Says contest in town. The event also includes an old-fashioned cake walk, followed by wiener dog and all-breed dog costume contests. Wells Fargo Bank parking lot (4233 NE Sandy Boulevard), 1:30 pm. Visit Neighborhood Notes for more information. 

  • GreenWalks: Explore Peninsula Park with a guide from Portland Parks & Recreation. 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Appropriate for adults and families. Meet at the bandstand facing the Rose Garden at N. Albina & Ainsworth. Visit the PP&R website for details. 

  • Heifer International Workshop: Come learn how Heifer International is providing a sustainable solution to hunger and poverty and teaching communities how to restore and enhance local ecosystems. Learn how you can be a part of the solution. REI Portland (1405 NW Johnson St), 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Visit the event website for more information. 

  • Lock Fest 2008 in West Linn: The annual Lock Fest celebrates the 131-year-old river “elevator” with educational exhibits, tours and children’s activities. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Willamette Falls Locks Park at the end of Mill Street in West Linn. There will be a free shuttle to the West Linn Arts Festival (see below). More information can be found in the West Linn Tidings

  • West Linn Arts Festival: The event will showcase the artwork of about 100 artists from the Pacific Northwest, live music, kids’ activities and more. September 13–14 at Willamette Park in West Linn. Visit the event website for more information. 

  • Beaverton Celebration Parade and Old Town Festival 2008: The parade starts at 10:00 am and will include the Roloff family from TV’s “Little People, Big World.” Free family entertainment and fun will follow the parade from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the 2008 Old Town Festival. For parade route and more information, visit the event website

  • One-Stop Kids’ Health Fair in Gresham: Children aged 2–12 and their families are invited to this event, which includes car seat recycling and safety checks, $5 bike helmets, Teddy Bear Clinic, low-cost immunizations, animals from the Oregon Zoo, and more. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center (24800 SE Stark Street), 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Visit the Gresham website for more information.

  • Kite Festival at Blue Lake Park: All fliers welcome. This event includes instruction on how to fly a kite, interactive kite play, mass ascension, Rok battles and fighter kites. Children’s events include teddy bear and candy drops. Cost: Free with park admission: $4 per car, $7 per bus. 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Visit the Gresham website for more information. 

  • Tigard Family Fest: The celebration includes a 5K Run/Walk, treasure hunt, concert, fireworks, night skate and more. Visit the Tigard website for more information. 

  • “From Side Project to Startup”: On September 12 and 13, “From Side Project to Startup” will focus on the resources, planning, and above all initiative needed to make idle thoughts, plots, plans, and what-ifs come to fruition. The conference will be at CubeSpace, 622 SE Grand Ave. Visit the event website for more information.

  • Brian Head Welch (website) will perform at Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside) at 4:30 pm. Visit the Music Millennium for more information. 

  • Lincoln Crockett (website) will perform at Edgefield at 7:00 pm. Visit the Edgefield website for more information.

  • X-Angels (website) will perform at Rock Creek Tavern at 9:00 pm. Visit the Rock Creek Tavern website for more information.

  • Children’s author Brian Lies will make two appearances to talk about his new book “Bats at the Library.” He will be at A Children’s Place Bookstore (4807 NE Fremont St) at 11:00 am, and then at Powell’s Books (Cedar Hills Crossing) at 2:00 pm. For more information, visit the Children’s Place website and the Powell’s website

Sunday, September 14

  • West Linn Arts Festival: The event will showcase the artwork of about 100 artists from the Pacific Northwest, live music, kids’ activities and more. September 13–14 at Willamette Park in West Linn. Visit the event website for more information. 

  • Lents Folk Festival—Woody Guthrie Tribute: Carl Allen will perform at 1:00 pm at the Lents Farmers Market (92nd & Foster). The Wanderers and The Renegade Minstrels will follow at Lents Park (SE 92nd Ave and Holgate) at 3:00 pm.

  • More History and Mystery of the Blues: Mississippi: Musician-author Steve Cheseborough will talk about and perform the music of Mississippi. Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave), 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Visit the Multnomah County Library website for more information.

  • “The Big Lebowski” will be showing at Press Club at 9:00 pm. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St., 503.233.5656.

  • Tigard Guitar Festival at Tigard Library: This month-long festival includes a variety of events such as concerts, films and workshops. Today, Nuestro Canto will play an outdoor concert of traditional Mexican and Latin American music from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Darrin Craig and Jon Neufeld of Jackstraw (website) will perform at Edgefield at 5:00 pm. Visit the Edgefield website for more information.

  • Jewelry designer Susan Beal will give a free solo earring-making workshop at the Crafty Wonderland DIY table. Doug Fir Lounge (830 E. Burnside St), 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit West Coast Crafty for more information.

If you know of any other free events happening this weekend, please write a comment about it. If you’d like me to include an event in a future round-up, please contact me.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Joe Perrin  |  September 12th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I really enjoy the events lists you post. Keep up the great work.

    Thanks!

    Joe.

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